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Ex-Mob Boss Hit with Racketeering Charges

NEW YORK (CN) - The former acting boss of the Genovese Family was hit Wednesday with a 13-count indictment in whcih federal prosecutors accused the alleged interim head of the organized crime family of racketeering in connection with the 2003 death of Adolfo Bruno. Five other alleged family members were accused Wednesday of racketeering for participating in an illegal gambling operation in New York.

Federal prosecutors say Arthur Nigro served "for a time" as the acting boss of the Genovese Family. In November 2003, they say he and Anthony Arillotta murdered Bruno to "maintain and increase their portion in the Genovese Organized Crime Family, as well as to prevent Bruno from providing information to law enforcement about crimes committed by members of the Genovese Organized Crime Family."

Nigro and Arillotta also are charged with multiple charges of extortion and racketeering, prosecutors said.

Steve Alfisi, Marcos Caio, James Coumoutsos and George Goumoutsos were accused of racketeering for running an illegal gambling business in New York.

Nigro, 65, and James Coumoutsos, 47, are already behind bars. Arillotta, 41, was arrested Wednesday morning in his hometown of Springfield, Mass, officials said. Alfisi, 45, Caio, 39, and George Coumoutsos, 42, also were arrested Wednesday.

If convicted, Nigro, Arillotta and Alfisi face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each of the two racketeering charges, and a $250,000 fine.

Nigro and Arillotta also face mandatory life, with the possibility of the death penalty, on the murder charges.


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